Politics

Political InQueery: Where Do We Go from Here?

The 2010 midterm elections are over. Well, for the most part. It may be a while before all of the ballots are sorted out in the Alaska Senate race, and there's a recount in North Carolina for a House seat, making nine as yet undecided races in that legislative body. And while Washington, DC may be... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: The Headless Woman

Today's entry is the first in the series to focus on the work of a female director. In the coming weeks, we'll discuss contributions from filmmakers like Jane Campion, Catherine Breillat, Deepa Mehta, Rachel Raimist, G.B. Jones, Lynne Ramsay, Julie Dash, and Courtney Hunt, among others. But... Read more »

Political InQueery: Know the Women in Congress, Part I

A record number of women—262, in all—ran campaigns for the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Despite this wave of women, fewer will be in the House once the 112th Congress begins than were in the 111th. 75 women will take their seats in the voting body, many of them for the first time. Here is a... Read more »

Music Matters: The Man in Black

Johnny Cash, "The Man In Black" (Click for lyrics) A few months ago, I read a... Read more »

Music Matters: A Time for Horror

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “Tupelo” (click for lyrics) On election day I was cheerily envisioning a future beyond hate and war with ... Read more »

Political InQueery: The Blame Game

Much of the rhetoric in the 2010 midterm elections focused on anger, and the GOP candidates who will take control of the next House session spent a lot of campaign messaging time expressing how they felt connected to voters' anger. Which begs the question: were the candidates or the voters the... Read more »

Get Out the Feminist Vote!

It’s Election Day, feminists! You knew that, didn’t you? You’ve voted already, haven’t you? You’ve been reading EvMaroon’s Political InQueery series and getting fired up to cast your vote, right? Of course you have! But if you... Read more »

Political InQueery: Crystal Ball Persuasion

Many people who fancy themselves political science pundits have offered their predictions for Election Day on Tuesday, and as one combs through their numbers rackets—I mean, educated guesses as to who will win what—one finds some significant biases—I mean, measurement error—toward their own... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

The launch of the blog series Bechdel Test Canon begins with reflections on 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel created a three-part criteria for movies in her seminal comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Adopted as the Bechdel Test, movies... Read more »

Political InQueery: Conspicuously Absent Issues

As far as human emotions go, if the 2004 elections were about fear and the 2008 elections about hope, it seems fair to say that the 2010 midterm elections have been about anger. Anger at the government for what's perceived as a weak economy. Anger at Congress, either for not getting enough done, or... Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

Amid national discussions of police brutality and systemic racism, Black women have been the loudest and most consistent voices demanding change. Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »